It's halfway into day 22 and the bator is starting to stink.
9 hatched five more are pipped and 15 not yet showing signs. Last night one had what we are assuming is yolk ooze while it was pipping. It had a little empty sack hanging when it finally emerged and has been slow to progress. But is progressing.
When if at all do I clean out the incubator? I don't want to hurt the hatchlings/pipplings. But I also don't want bacterial issues.
Our temp was lower in parts of the incubator and we didn't realize until most of the way through the hatch. So I think some eggs are viable just in need of time.
You can do a quick clean out of empty eggs and dry chicks, but do it quick. Use a moist warm/hot paper towel, toss that in to bring the humidity back up quick.
I realize I'm a bit late to the party, but I'd like to join in. I wasn't intending on brooding any time soon, but one of my clever little cochin hens managed to hide a nest from the pet sitter when I was away last week, and here we are. :-) She's the best broody I've ever had, and a fantastic mother. She's sitting on 8 eggs that will be bantam mixes from any of the following in that flock:
Brassy back Silchin
Mottled Japanese Bantam
Black Frizzle Cochin
So I have the chance of some pure silkies, but I'd put it as fairly low. Rickey (white silkie roo) is the alpha roo, but he's kind of, um, bad at mating. He falls off- a lot. And he's VERY fluffy and I haven't trimmed his vent feathers, so I'd put the chances at somewhat low. The most interesting of the crosses would be if I managed to get a frizzled japanese cross I think- that would be different!
Not sure when the eggs started incubation, somewhere between 2 and 5 days before I found them on 4/23. Will be candling and updating!
I'm glad your clever little cochin hen decided to have you join us!
Okay, so I'm around 1,500 posts behind, but I'll catch up eventually. Sorry if I'm behind on any information because of that.
Ruby, my broody hen, is on four bantam mix eggs and then there are 13 in the incubator. Pip Squeak, another bantam hen, just went broody on 5 bantam mix eggs. The eggs in the incubator are due to hatch around the 27th of April, so only a few days away.
Here is Ruby on her nest
I'm hoping her babies turn out white with black spots (Dalmatian Bantam) but last bantam hatch ended up with some strange colors. This is my grey and white speckled boy, Coulsen. He isn't really barred, and he shouldn't be since I don't have any barred bantams. I'm not sure what he'll grow up to look like.
This is Roshashannah, a partridge with white on her neck. She obviously has silkie in her, but I'm not really sure why she turned out this color. Her mother was a Partridge Silkie, I'm not sure who the father was.